Being more and more environmentally conscious is something that we should all be working towards. This time of year tends to produce a lot of excess, so here are a few reminders on how you can reduce your environmental “footprint”.

  • Make sure that you have converted your Christmas lights to LED! Not only will you be able to run them for a little longer, but your pocket book will hardly notice them at all!
  • Put a timer on your Christmas lights. That way you will never struggle in remembering to turn them on or off.
  • When you are shopping, remember to bring a reusable bag or tote bag to carry purchases.
  • Don’t purchase items that have a ton of redundant packaging.
  • Try not to use traditional wrapping paper — most of it cannot be recycled. Try reusing gift bags or making your own wrapping paper from rolls of regular or craft paper. Should you have kids that love to draw, get them to decorate the paper with pictures, stickers and stencils. If you don’t have kids to help out with the creative side, go to your local craft store, and pick up a stamp and inkpad.
  • What do you get for the person who has everything? Instead of going the route of edible things, perhaps you can donate money on their behalf to someone in need. There are many creditable organizations that have programs in place to help the less fortunate. You could buy a goat to feed a family, a rickshaw to employ a person (and consequently, family) or a camel for transportation. There are a lot of options out there, so get Googling!
  • Did you get a new something-er-other? Properly dispose of items through secondhand stores, recycling depots or safe return sites.
  • Real Christmas trees should be taken to a chipping site at the end of the season.

I wish you all the best this Christmas season — may it be merry, green and bright!